Baseball’s Winter Meetings are over, and the Dodgers have been busy … watching their own free agents sign with other teams, while keeping trade talks active with perhaps a dozen other GMs and talking to multiple free-agent targets (exactly how many isn’t clear).
Yet they will leave Nashville without signing or trading for a single player. Maybe “incomplete” is a fair assessment.
Before we get to today’s poll, keep in mind something Ned Colletti said Tuesday: ” you leave Nashville on a Thursday afternoon, that doesn’t mean you don’t talk to someone on a Thursday night, Friday, Saturday.”
Just to recap who the Dodgers lost in Nashville:
• Randy Choate signed a 3-year, $7.5 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals
• Joe Blanton signed a 2-year, $15 million deal with the Angels
• Shane Victorino signed a 3-year, $39 million deal with the Boston Red Sox
• Former prospect Alfredo Silverio, who was removed from the 40-man roster, was snapped up in the Rule 5 draft by the Miami Marlins.
This is dwarfed in magnitude by what didn’t happen. Ryu Hyun-Jin remains unsigned (though there were unconfirmed reports circulating Thursday that he’s already scheduled a physical, for whatever that’s worth). So do Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, Ryan Dempster, Josh Hamilton and Brian Wilson, among others. R.A. Dickey remains a Met. In fact, there haven’t been any major trades since the Blue Jays-Marlins blockbuster involving Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, let alone any involving the Dodgers.
Other than Choate, who wanted a longer term (and possibly more money) than the Dodgers were willing to offer, they haven’t lost out on any players they wanted. Yet the Dodgers haven’t signed or traded for anyone they wanted, either. Onto the poll: